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[mass noun] The fact or condition of being involved with others in an activity that is unlawful or morally wrong.‘they were accused of complicity in the attempt to overthrow the government’
collusion, involvement, collaboration, connivance, abetmentconspiracybeing in cahootsView synonyms
- ‘I have privileged information about crime and complicity - but is it to be buried with me?’
- ‘Those three defendants are to face charges of kidnapping and complicity.’
- ‘In both cases, failures would not justify an investigation into malfeasance or complicity.’
- ‘The truth is, it is hard to face the fact of murder or complicity in murder without a hard and cold heart.’
- ‘It involves an understanding of our complicity in the system without judgement or guilt.’
- ‘This is a statement, not only of intellectual dishonesty, but also of direct political complicity.’
- ‘His depiction of criminal complicity as an everyday affair is brave, if a bit problematic.’
- ‘The concept of aiding and abetting and complicity is well known I think to Australian law.’
- ‘Therefore, obedience to obviously sinful commands is complicity and conspiracy.’
- ‘Its charter in some way negates the legality of such complicity.’
- ‘The German Supreme Court found that the five members of the Court Martial were guilty of complicity in a crime against humanity.’
- ‘On the minimalist view, he was guilty of importing as an accessory or in complicity with the informant.’
- ‘To get multiple persons at the wrong end of the charge, one has to go to complicity, aiding and abetting, concert.’
- ‘There is no evidence of complicity between the employee and the columnists in obtaining the copies.’
- ‘Accused of complicity in the coup attempt of July 1917, he even had to go into hiding in Finland.’
- ‘Given many of their staff's political sympathies one might almost suspect complicity.’
- ‘Poverty and lack of judicial responsibility entice officials into complicity.’
- ‘He has been asked to explain his company's alleged complicity in the contraband cigarette trade.’
- ‘Corporate complicity, the tribunal's jury of conscience learned, was extensive.’
- ‘The media's complicity in war crimes continues unabated, of course.’
Mid 17th century: from Middle English complice ‘an associate’, from Old French, from late Latin complex, complic- allied, from Latin complicare fold together (see complicate). Compare with accomplice.
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